Sweet LCD - pity 'bout the price.

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by news.xtra.co.nz, Sep 25, 2005.

  1. 19" lcd monitor, 200,000:1 contrast ratio, but it costs $49,000USD...


    San Francisco (CA) - Canadian startup Brightside announced what it claims to
    be the first "extreme dynamic range" display. The device sports a massive
    200,000:1 contrast ratio and a 16-bit color capability that result in higher
    image quality than any other display we have seen before. The device is on
    sale now - for approximately 100 times the price of a current high-quality
    19-inch LCD.

    With current and future graphics chips making giant leaps in enhancing image
    quality, mainstream and even higher-end displays turn out to be an
    increasingly painful bottleneck for enthusiasts to take advantage of these
    improvements. Most displays often can't follow graphic cards erformance -
    for example due to relatively slow response times and a color resolution
    that is limited to 8 bits per pixel in almost every display sold to
    consumers today.

    Users and developers looking for the ultimate image experience, however, are
    getting a new option with future high dynamic range (HDR) and extreme
    dynamic range (EDR) displays, which promise picture quality that comes close
    to the picture you would see when looking out a window. Brightside says it
    is offering the first commercial EDR display: The 37-inch panel DR-37P does
    not look much different than a stylish 16:9 LCD TV but offers specs that are
    beyond any other LCD available on the market today - at least to our

    The display's maximum brightness is rated at 3000 cd per m2, the contrast
    ratio is indicated to be virtually "infinite", as the device is capable
    capability to display a "zero" amount of light and achieve a perfect black
    color. According to common rating standards, however, contrast ratio is
    200,000, Brightside said. Other features of the LCD include 170-degree
    viewing angles, a maximum resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels, HD-DI and DVI-D
    connects, support for input from up to two graphic cards, and OpenGL and
    DirectX9 capability. Power consumption peaks at 1680 watts - about three
    times what a enthusiast PC consumes under gaming conditions.

    Much of the display's image quality is a result of 16-bit color support.
    While the LCD provides an 8-bit (255-step) brightness control by itself,
    Brightside added an LED backlight array that delivers an additional 8 bit.
    According to the manufacturer, LEDs provide much greater brightness and
    control which enable to achieve close to true-life image quality.

    A demonstration of the display appeared to prove Brightsides claims and and
    convinced us quickly to add the display to our Christmas wishlist.
    Unfortunately, the DR-37P is a low volume display that - at least for now -
    is targeted at professional markets, including game developers and
    healthcare applications. Reflecting its low volume counts, the price of
    Brightsides supermodel is high enough to keep most of us from actually
    bringing the display home: The list price is $49,000.

    news.xtra.co.nz, Sep 25, 2005
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  2. In <o4sZe.14210$> news.xtra.co.nz wrote:

    > Power consumption
    > peaks at 1680 watts - about three times what a enthusiast PC consumes
    > under gaming conditions.

    I wonder how many fans it has?

    Customer: PARDON?

    Roger Johnstone, Invercargill, New Zealand
    No Silicon Heaven? Preposterous! Where would all the calculators go?

    Kryten, from the Red Dwarf episode "The Last Day"
    Roger Johnstone, Sep 26, 2005
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